who we are


Welcome to the website for First Baptist Church of Clayton, North Carolina. We are located at 411 N. Fayetteville St. Clayton, North Carolina. First Baptist Church has a distinguished past and a promising future. It is a church proud of her heritage and aware of her responsibility to share Christ in the twenty-first century.

Our church programs are designed to involve people of all ages in the life and ministry of the church. We invite you to use this website to locate information about the various ministries that we provide.


Pastor's Message

Dear Friends,

At the First Baptist Church of Clayton we are proud of our heritage, but the past is not the focus of our attention.  We strongly believe that God has called us to meet the needs of this generation through Biblical instruction and deep personal relationships.

God has given a renewed vision in our hearts to become known in the Clayton area as a caring community of believers that seeks to transform lives through a clear witness for Christ, quality programming, and the lifestyle of each believer.  
First Baptist is affiliated with both the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on a national level.  Our affiliations also extend to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina, and the Johnston Baptist Association.  We have a wide choice of ministry opportunities and numerous programs that cater to all ages.  We've highlighted many of these on this website and invite you to participate.  

Our world is far different than it was in 1811 when our church was founded.  And yet, in many ways it is still the same.  People still need the message of Christ's love and they still respond warmly to a caring community.  Regardless of position or station, all are equal in His eyes.  All are welcome to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords here at First Baptist Church of Clayton.  

 If you are looking for a church home, consider becoming involved in our church family by serving the Lord with us.


Mark T. White, Pastor .

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What is our Purpose?

The First Baptist Church of Clayton is organized ...

for the purpose of advancing and promoting the worship of God through the reading and study of the Bible as the revealed Word of God, the teaching and preaching of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, conducting regular services of worship for the spiritual training, development, and benefit of each member and for the winning of souls to Jesus Christ. This church shall be missionary in spirit, extending the Gospel through our organized religious channels to the entire world.

our roots

Located in the western Johnston County town of Clayton, NC, the church rests on the corner of Whitaker and Fayetteville Streets. We are one of the oldest churches in the Clayton community and while we enjoy a rich heritage, our ministry is organized to meet both today's needs and tomorrow's challenges.

First Baptist Church of Clayton was first organized October 14, 1811 near Liberty Grove, one mile west of Clayton. A Sabbath School was started by the church in 1876 in the Clayton Academy. Six years later all services were moved to town. In 1888, the church moved to its first constructed building on the corner of Fayetteville and Whitaker Streets. The present sanctuary was built and occupied in 1920, with an Educational Annex added in 1957. In 1997 the church began a new building program, "A Time To Build" which was dedicated in August 2007, featuring a new fellowship hall, new Sunday School classes and new administrative offices.

First Baptist Church helped to establish the Johnston Baptist Association in the early 1900's, held its first Vacation Bible School in 1932, published its first newsletter in 1958 and opened Clayton's first day care in 1969. First Baptist Church continues its tradition of ministry in Clayton through a strong preaching ministry, a Bible based Sunday School, a commitment to missions, renewed children and youth ministries, and an exceptional music ministry. First Baptist Church has a great heritage. We are proud of our history and the untiring efforts of our forefathers. At the same time, there is before us a future as bright and promising as our past. Our only limitations will be those we place on ourselves. We believe that God, working through His people, has accomplished much for His Kingdom. With each passing year, the members continue to dedicate their time, talent and lives to the on-going work of the Kingdom. 

Location and Service Times

411 N. Fayetteville St. Clayton, NC

From Smithfield

Enter Clayton on US70W. Turn Right onto W. Main St. (across from Burger King) Turn Right onto Fayetteville St. Church is 1/4 mile on Right.

From Garner

Enter Clayton on US70E. Turn Left onto Fayetteville St. (just past Clayton High School) Cross over Main St. Church is 1/4 mile on Rt.

Sunday Service Times: 8:45 and 10:55


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